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You can only pass through customs (or immigration) through designated ports of entry. This means that unless you have a special pass (for example, ship crews have special passes), you need to go through the customs and immigration process. This is a burden on you as the traveler. It does not matter where you start the journey. Your status in the ...


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There can't be any exact dates for when it's safe because that depends on the (highly variable) water level in the river, which depends on rainfalls. Getting there requires taking a boat, a short rocky hike and swimming through a safe part of the river before you get to the pool itself (source: a TV show I saw). You should only do it as a guided tour, in ...


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Of course, why not? Note that a somewhat related, and much more common, situation does happen regularly as people move around with private crafts. In that case, it's up to you to follow all relevant rules and to report to the authorities within a certain time (usually it's understood you can at least dock to the harbor and walk up to the relevant office so ...


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Swimming over a random body of water to cross a border may simply be illegal without express prior permission from the border authorities - the question isn't "do I need to pass customs and have all the ordinary documents" (yes, you do), the question is "under what circumstances is this allowed at all". Depending on the particular country, crossing a border ...


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In short, no. Even the Yrjönkatu pool is a bit of a historical quirk that has probably survived largely thanks to general conservatism (it's Finland's oldest and operated very much the way it did in 1928) and patronage from Helsinki's gay district Eerikinkatu (conveniently located right next door) — no, it's not a gay club or anything, but even ...


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I think that is very subjective as it is up to everyone to choose their style. Living on the Côte d'Azur, when I go to the beach, usually it is the older people that wear speedo-style swimwear, most of the young people wear shorts. The population is mixed so there are several people wearing speedo-style swimwear. But honestly, I don't think people care and ...


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If your swim is official and publicized, customs officials will be waiting for you on the shore. I understand this happened for people swimming Lake Ontario from the US to Canada, and for channel swimmers. I saw this for the man who recently tight-rope-walked above Niagara Falls - even before his family hugged him, he got his passport stamped. I believe ...


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There are some countries that allow for customs by mail for this type of crossing. For example, crossing into Canada via swimming or canoeing into the Quetico qualifies as a remote border crossing (link) because there simply are not customs offices in the middle of the wilderness. You still have to "pass customs" but you would not be arrested on site when ...


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There are answers stating that you can enter the given country only in the specified points. In the free movement zones, like Schengen, it's possible you can cross border anywhere (depending on the agreement between parties) but generally, you can't just enter the foreign country wherever you want. But your problem can start even sooner, because first you ...


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The reason the dates vary is because high water season varies. Guides won't take people when the water levels are too high, because they have to take it too. There's a really good blog post on this which details: the steps involved getting there (boat ride, pics of the rocky walk, and the jump you need to do to get in tips on how to manage it (any girls ...


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I found a website comparing different biodegradable sunblockers. The quality/price range is quite significant, so it might be worth not grabbing the first thing on the shelf but rather going for a specific product. The one that the above website gave the best rating is available on Amazon for example.


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Air temperature Most of the islands are pretty similar in climate, but Wikipedia has a great chart for temperatures of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, indicating that the average high in February is around 21 degrees Celsius, the mean temperature for the day is 18 deg, and the average low is 15 deg. You can also expect 1 in 8-10 days to have rain, on average. ...


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Right, it seems Porvoo ain't much of a beach town (unlike, say, Hanko, another Helsinki day trip destination). Here's what I found out. Immediately north of the main tourist area, there's Maari (Maren) where you can "you can dip your toes in the water" according to tourist info lady. But this is river water, and she couldn't say if it's clean enough for ...


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Firstly, let's look a a Google maps view of the area: Map of Porvoo and vicinity Beaches close-by? Not walking distance, no, aside from Kokonnniemi, perhaps. But you may be able to hitch or find a local bus. In that case, you have a few options. Here's a handy list of beaches near Porvoo, as well as outdoor swimming pools and barbeque locations: ...


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Tropical Seas produce a range of reef safe suncare products that biodegrade in oceans, lakes and rivers and are non-toxic to sealife. Its probably best to purchase online however you can always contact them here to ask if their products are available to purchase locally in Cozumel.


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After doing a web search, most of the seasonal references to Goa during the "off season" months (which are the monsoon months) are discussing the heavy waves and more constant and stronger on-shore wind. Coupled with the rains of the monsoon and the normal oceanic issues (rip tide, etc) and the ocean is usually marked off limits. While some (younger) ...


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The reason is relatively straightforward: June - September is Monsoon time, the prevailing wind switches from southeast to southwest and brings massive amounts of rain and humidity. Goa is on the western coast of India, so the resulting wave heights are significantly greater and the waves are much more forceful. This means that both the waves and the ...


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Purely speculation, but maybe it's what's under the water. In Japan, east-coast beaches close in September. The waves are no problem, there are very few rip currents, but there are a lot of jellyfish in the fall.


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This is one of those questions that can be answered by just asking yourself, "If it was legal, wouldn't everybody be doing it?" Like, here in the U.S., drug smugglers go to huge efforts to sneak drugs across the border, and we have law enforcement people who patrol the border trying to catch them. If there was no law requiring you to pass immigration or ...


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After our trip to Cozumel, I can report: I did not do a thorough search, but I didn't actually see an abundance of reef-safe sunscreen readily available. I looked around the shops that were near the port, and the only brand I saw there was called "Caribbean Breeze". This brand did not advertise itself as either "reef safe" or biodegradable. We did not ...


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About 18 degrees Celsius, give or take: http://www.bigblueplanet.com/watersearch.jsp?Longitude=0&Latitude=0&Month=2&WaterDepth=Surface&Zoom=2 And that website seriously hurts my eyes. Somewhat more readable, but not giving historical details: http://www.sea-temperature.com/water/lanzarote/165



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